Display and Battery Life

There are a couple of other things I wanted to discuss before wrapping up this review of the Switch 7. The display is a 13.5-inch 2256x1504 IPS LCD that’s surprisingly good out of the box. It’s not perfect, in that color performance is not as tight as I’d like for professional work, but the panel has a lot of great inherent qualities. Viewing angles are great, brightness peaks at near 400 nits, and the contrast ratio is a fantastic 1681:1.

Most of the color issues come down to an incorrect average color temperature of 7163K, which should be closer to 6500K. As a result, we get a greyscale deltaE average of 3.04, a saturation average of 2.53 and a ColorChecker average of 2.49. It’s not an ideal sub-1.0 or even a largely accurate sub-2.0 value, but many laptops push well above average deltaEs of 3.0 or 4.0 in a lot of these tests, so comparatively the Switch 7’s display is quite good.

Unfortunately, battery life is quite poor. The best 13-inch convertible or traditional laptops include a 50 to 60 Wh battery, but the Acer Switch 7 is limited to just a 35 Wh cell, and I suspect that’s due to the inclusion of the large heatpipe cooler and discrete GPU. To put this in perspective, the smaller current-gen Surface Pro includes a 45 Wh battery and only needs to power a 12.3-inch display. The Switch 7 is significantly limited in this regard.

And you can see the results quite clearly in these benchmarks, with the Switch 7 falling well behind acceptable levels for a modern laptop-style device. While not a direct competitor, a 13-inch convertible like the HP Spectre x360 lasts more than 75% longer in our Wi-Fi web browsing test; an enormous discrepancy. This sort of battery life affects the usage of a product, particularly something as portable as the Switch.

However this level of battery life is quite clearly a trade-off that’s been made for the added performance. It’s a much faster device than the Surface Pro, particularly when connected to the charger, but it also has significantly worse battery life. That’s something you’ll need to weigh up when choosing to purchase this tablet.